misdiagnose


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misdiagnose

(mĭs-dī′əg-nōs′, -nōz′)
tr.v. misdiag·nosed, misdiag·nosing, misdiag·noses
To diagnose incorrectly.
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Far too many people -- whether patients, policy makers, or doctors themselves -- still aren't aware of how often misdiagnoses occur, and how easy it is for anyone to get the wrong opinion.
THOUSANDS of people could be taking unnecessary blood pressure drugs all their lives because of doctors' misdiagnoses,according to a new study.
Detection rates varied by specialty, with misdiagnoses for 61% of patients who saw primary care physicians, 49% who saw psychologists / counselors, and 44% who saw psychiatrists.
The drug's ability to create symptoms mimicking Parkinson's is well documented, he says, but no one had examined whether metoclopramide generated misdiagnoses among the elderly.
Unfortunately for victims, doctors commonly misdiagnose the bites, confusing them with other insect bites or general skin ailments.
Primary care physicians provide most mental health care, and studies indicate they often misdiagnose depression and its symptoms.
This characterization may lead ophthalmologists to misdiagnose CMV retinitis in patients who seem otherwise healthy.
Individuals suffering from these symptoms are often viewed as a pain in the neck by physicians, who shuttle them from specialist to specialist and misdiagnose their underlying problem for years, says Stanley Lesse of the Neurological Institute of New York.
Misdiagnosing patients cost almost $39 billion in malpractice claims over the past quarter-century, according to a study in BMJ Quality & Safety Misdiagnoses represent more than 28% of total paid malpractice claims and more than 35% of malpractice claim payouts, the study found.
On numerous occasions such grave misdiagnoses have been made and the guilty left alone to practise freely without consequences.
Nonetheless, the questions remain, why is the number of misdiagnoses so high, and what can be done about it?
There's an epidemic of misdiagnoses today: that's the contention of sally M.